August 1, 2015 Subject:
I was newly saved when I was 18, in 1957. Marietta's story was the first one on this subject that I had ever seen. Her manner of speech---her use of flowery language and an old form of English expressions that were used in those days, was a little difficult to get used to. but once I did, the language just flowed like fancy poetry---- beautiful expressions for telling this beautiful story. The most memorable thing I learned from this narrative was an understanding of Hell that I never got from any other source. Read these descriptions carefully. she says that the hell fire is actually in the person's soul, a part of him, when he gets to Hell. and something there causes the flame to ignite, whereas in the body, the flame was restrained to human limitation. So I came to understand that all the meanness that ever was in your soul, drags the soul to the place where it can catch fire and take over. So the fire of Hell is fed by the lost soul's own meanness and rebellion, and God has nothing to do with it. extraordinarily enlightening, making the reader understand that God is not a torturer, and why the torment does go on forever. Marietta really did not know that her story would educate people for more than a hundred years. What a beautiful literary treasure!